The Sunshine Blogger Award

So…. I actually volunteered to be tagged by the lovely Tessa a.k.a Grumpy Mum when she was asking her fellow mummy bloggers if anyone wants to join her and complete this fun little interview. I’m very thankful for the tag, even if at first I thought, oh sssshhuggar… why did I do this to myself. But then, as I came up with the answers, I really started to enjoy it. An interview with me 🙂 Also enjoyed phrasing my own questions, they just popped out of my head as I worked my way through my interview. It was good fun.

So here are my answers:

1. Did you make any new years resolutions and have you stuck to them?

Nope. Never did, never will. I don’t believe in resolutions. If you really want something, just go for it. You don’t need to wait until new years.

2. If you could visit any time period, which would it be?

Not an easy question. Either the roaring 20’s or the hippie 60’s. I find them both equally attractive.

3. You’re stuck on a desert island (think LOST) barring people, what would you miss the most?

Assuming my family is stuck with me, I’d say art and travel.

4. What book do you think everyone should read at some point in their life?

Another hard one, let’s go with the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.

5. Which word can you never spell correctly no matter how many times you spell check it?

Indefinitely. I’m not a native English speaker, but the first I should be an E really.

6. Did you love pregnancy or hate it?

Hate it. No sleep, feeling sick, can’t drink coffee. No booze at all. Second time, I even developed gestational diabetes, so I had to inject insulin two times a day. Plus I had to deal with my toddler then, so it was very tiring. But it was so worth it 🙂

7. If you could speak to yourself at the moment you first found out you were pregnant, what advice would you give?

To never forget one thing: you are enough.

8. What do you miss most about your pre-parenthood days?

Travel and obviously sleep. Even a day out with the car got a bit challenging lately, so we only just planned our first holiday flight as a family of four.

9. What makes you cringe so much your eyes water?

Populist politicians, Paolo Coelho, pseudosciences, anti-vaxxers, any religious nonsense, just to mention a few 🙂

10. If you had ÂŁ1million to spend on yourself, what would you buy?

A house by the sea.

I’d like to invite:

Kelly a.k.a Daydreamer Mum

Anna over at Me, Annie Bee

Jacqui a.k.a One Messy Mama

Here are my questions:

1. Are you a type A or type B personality? Did this change when you became a parent?

2. As a child, what was your dream profession?

3. Would you try space travel?

4. Do you support any charity or organisation? If so, what’s your motivation?

5. What’s your first ever memory from your childhood?

6. Chocolate or cheese?

7. What’s your pet hate? Some oddities here, please 🙂

8. Are you an crafty person? Do you have any crafty hobby?

9. What’s the 3 most important thing you put in your suitcase when you travel?

10. Do you have a lazy beauty hack?

Mother’s Day Giveaway: Win A Carry Me Wrap By Fornessi

A few weeks ago I reviewed a fantastic new baby wrap by Fornessi

I absolutely loved this wrap, and there are lots of reasons for that! Read my review: Fornessi Carry Me Wrap Review

For this Mother’s Day, we teamed up with Fornessi again and one very lucky mama can win a Carry Me Wrap in fabulous Fresh Blueberry colour (worth ÂŁ59).

For a chance to win, simply enter below:

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Terms and Conditions

This competition will open on 21st of March 2017 at 12:00 am and will close on 28th of March 2017 at 12.00 am.
One winner will be selected at random.
UK entrants only.
No cash alternative will be offered.
The winners will be announced on Captainbobcat.com social media outlets and will be contacted by email.
The winners will have 28 days to respond to their winner’s email.

 

 

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Chimichangas With Matcha Green Tea Cream Cheese And Strawberries

I prepared this dessert for a Mexican themed evening with my Girl Gang. It looks absolutely amazing and it’s super easy to prepare. I was looking for some Mexican dessert online, but I wanted something less complicated than flan. Then I remembered Ashlee Marie’s Cream Cheese Chimichangas, they are simply irresistible and I tried them before. But this time, I wanted a twist, so I swapped white granulated sugar for healthier coconut sugar, added strawberries and matcha green tea powder. The outcome is sweet and creamy, a lovely combination of juicy strawberries and subtle bitterness of the matcha green tea. And the colours are fabulous! I believe this filling would work great with crepes too.



Trust me, it’s super easy. Looks very complicated, but it isn’t at all. All in all takes about an hour to make them.

Yield:

12 chimichangas

Ingredients: 

12 regular size tortilla wraps

150g digestive biscuits, crushed

Vegetable oil

Toothpicks

For the filling:

600g cream cheese

400g strawberries cut into pieces (halved quarters)

5 tbsp coconut sugar

2 tsp of matcha green tea powder

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

For the sugar coating:

3 tbsp of coconut sugar

1 tsp of ground cinnamon


Method: 

Crush the digestive biscuits. Put them into a clean plastic bag and use a rolling-pin. It doesn’t matter if they are not perfectly and evenly crushed.

Make sure the cream cheese is room temperature when you start using it. With a food processor, beat the cream cheese, the coconut sugar, the matcha powder and the vanilla extract all together. Beat the egg in a cup, scramble, then add it to the mixture and lightly mix it in with a wooden spoon. Lastly, fold the strawberries into your batter.

Prepare your coating sugar, by mixing the sugar with cinnamon.

Start filling your tortilla wraps. Lay out a tortilla wrap, place 2 tbsp biscuit crumbs in the middle and put 3 heaped tbsp of batter on the top of it. Place them right next to each other, quite tightly, so they would form a rough rectangle shape. See photos. Fold the sides, I formed small envelopes, which I quite like. Secure it with a toothpick.

Heat the oil and fry them on 170C. It only takes 2 minutes each sides. Keep an eye on them, they can burn quickly. Roll them in the cinnamon sugar.

I had to reheat them to serve them at the party, it was good, however not so good when cold. Obviously, the best when served immediately.

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Good Cause Of The Month: Stand Up For Girls

Remember your teenage years? Chances are, you weren’t having the time of your life. How would you rank them? I, personally, can safely say, my teenage years were the hardest part of my life. With all the biological and emotional changes you go through in your teenage years, life pretty much sucks. I was quite popular in high school, but no one escapes bullying. That’s the nature of teenage minds. Where the difference is being made, is the support you’re getting and how you chose to deal with the bullies. It’s like walking on tightrope. My parents were very supportive but also very overprotective at that time. I don’t blame them, looking back, I would have done the same. I wasn’t a dream child in those years either. But at the time, it felt overwhelming. I’d probably would have liked the option of being able to talk to someone unbiased, someone professional provided by my high school, someone to be found at the same place when I needed to talk. You don’t share all your fears with your parents, let alone your mates.


I want my daughter to have that option. I’d like my daughter to be educated about the possible ways of dealing with the pressure. New, worrying findings say 1 in every 3 girls are unhappy with their appearance. According to the Good Childhood Report 2016 conducted by The Children’s Society. That’s 1/3. Frightening figures. 

Furthermore, 1 in every 7 girls are unhappy with their life in general. Pretty bad, compared to the fact that we meant to be a more developed society than the generations before. Can you take more bad news? It’s getting worse. And only with girls.  Boy’s happiness remains the same.


So, what’s going on? Why only girls? We are being told and reminded constantly not to measure ourselves to the poster girls, the idiotic Kardashians, or other public female figures considered to be beautiful. In my view, that new era has already begun, and women started to realise that our qualities aren’t based on beauty. As adults though,  it’s a lot easier,  because we have all those years behind us and we’ve learned and struggled our ways through the us of teenage years. But can we spare all those unnecessary tears and scars? Can we minimise the impact of bullying? Can we provide the help they need from us without pushing them out of their comfort zone? I think we can and we should.



Another aspect of this survey, that social media should take the blame. I’m not so sure that technology should be or can be blamed in these days, but the inevitable truth is that young people spend significant time on their social media outlets. And that’s an extra source of bullying. As a parent I find myself armed with limited knowledge on this mine field: we didn’t have to deal with cyber bullying in our teenage years. I don’t know anything about it. Just the everyday classroom bullying was more than enough, thanks very much. So, even if you think you’re the best to help them, you might need some catching u to do.

Therefore, I strongly support the Children’s Society’s call for the Government to make sure emotional and mental health support is available in all schools. My generation missed out on this, I want my daughter to be able to get the help she might need.

What can we do? Share this message, spread the word, talk about it with your friends and family.

Visit The Children’s Society’s homepage to learn more, educate yourself and donate.

November Rain Waterproof Poncho Review And Giveaway

There’s no bad weather just bad clothing! I wear sneakers or wellies, gilet with a hood and jeans from autumn to spring. My husband keeps making fun of me, how I became a “Surrey Mummy”.  Well, we’re not going to sport an evening gown to drop the kids off at school, are we? What I was actually missing is a proper rain coat. Now, that I have a tandem buggy to push, I can’t navigate it skill-fully with a single hand. Therefore, when it’s raining, I can’t hold an umbrella, and I can’t keep fidgeting with the never deep enough hoods. (What are they meant to be used for, really?)

Lucky me, November Rain just sent me a gorgeous waterproof poncho to review. Designed in Australia, these ponchos are just landed in the UK. I picked the Oriental Bird pattern, as it looked so pretty and colourful on the website.

My review 

I was pleasantly surprised: the pattern and the vivid colours are the same in real life. Second pleasant surprise: it fits and sits nicely, even though it’s one size for everyone. Tested it on a grey and rainy Monday morning: it also does its job well and is 100% waterproof. The hood is deep enough, and it’s equipped with a front pocket, which is great for the house keys and the phone, no need to carry a bag. All together it looks very durable and it doubles as a wind cheater. Another very clever idea of the makers, that the little carrier bag is made from the same waterproof material, so if you have to fold it away whilst it’s still damp, no problem.

These ponchos are printed using sublimation. This printing method uses very high heat to transfer the print to the fabric, which is an eco-friendly waterless method. 

The giving back project

November Rain pledges 10% of all revenue is donated each quarter to various water related projects. The first project is progressing in Northern Thailand (a hydrophonic vegetable growing system at a children’s rescue mission).

GIVEAWAY

Win this fantastic rain wear in the colour of your choice, just perfect for the spring showers ahead! Enter below:

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Terms and Conditions 

This competition will open on 28th of February at 12:00 am and will close on 8th of March at 12.00 am.
One winner will be selected at random.
UK entrants only.
No cash alternative will be offered.
The winners will be announced on Captainbobcat.com social media outlets and will be contacted by email.
The winners will have 28 days to respond to their winner’s email.